The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01680
Date: 8 January 1890
Author: Francis H. Newbery[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G46
Document Type: ALS



Jany 8th 18890.

J. McNeil [sic] Whistler Esq


I am taking the great liberty of writing to ask you, whether you could at all possibly entertain the idea of coming to us on the occasion of our Students' Re-union[2], during the first week in February, and [p. 2] giving us a few words? I feel this desire on my part, to be both a tax on your goodness, and a demand on my temerity, but the Art of Glasgow as represented by its younger men has, I know, been brought under your notice, and as to a link to claim your sufferance, I can but say that our efforts here meet both with their help and their approval

[p. 3] Living under the dead rules of a Department, we yet endeavour to do our best to have a living method which is not obsolete, but in touch with life and progress, and it is this wish to be in larger touch with advancement, that prompts me to write you.

I need hardly add to this, our warmth of welcome for I trust such [p. 4] would not be news to you, and if I have erred in writing, I would please anticipate your forgiveness.

Remaining Sir
Yours very truly

Fra. H. Newbery

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'Letters[3] from
re. Lecture Art Club

School of Art Glasgow

Re. proposed lectures by J. M. W.
(1885) & 1890.

not found in envelope.[4]
F. I.'


1.  Francis H. Newbery
Francis Henry Newbery (1855-1946), painter, Director of Glasgow School of Art [more].

2.  Students' Re-union
JW did not travel to Glasgow at this time or later.

3.  Letters
The remainder is notes in various hands relating to this and other letters, on an envelope that is not related to the letter.

4.  not found in envelope.
These words refer to '1885' and are joined to that date by a short line. Perhaps the 1885 letter never reached Glasgow.